5 Key Moments From First Week of Zimmerman Trial

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  • SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The first week of George Zimmerman‘s second-degree murder trial closed Friday. At the start of the week, prosecutors and defense attorneys outlined their cases for the jury of six women. Then prosecutors began putting on their case.

    Zimmerman is pleading not guilty. He has said he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012 in self-defense.

    Beginning Monday, prosecutors will continue presenting their case for a second week. They are likely to call forensic experts and other investigators before defense attorneys get a chance to put on their witnesses.

    Here are five key moments from the past week.

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    EXPLETIVES AND A KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE

    Both came in opening statements. Prosecutor John Guy repeated words Zimmerman had uttered under his breath to a police dispatcher as he followed Martin. In the courtroom, jaws dropped and spectators looked around at one another. Defense attorney Don West began his statement with a knock-knock joke about the difficulty of picking a jury in the case. Even he admitted the joke sounded weird.

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    RACHEL JEANTEL VS. DON WEST

    Jeantel was on the phone with Martin moments before his confrontation with Zimmerman and is considered a key prosecution witnesses. She testified that Martin told her he was being followed by “a creepy-ass cracker.” But it was her testy cross-examination exchanges with West that commanded the most attention. Each asked the other to repeat what they were saying many times. At one moment, Jeantel urged West to move on to his next question: “You can go. You can go.” On her second day on the stand, she seemed more subdued. West asked her, “You feeling OK today? You seem different than yesterday.”

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